Madeline's Rescue - Ludwig Bemelmans

1953 - Viking, New York - First Edition
One day on a walk through Paris, Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, ‘But for a dog that kept its head,’ saving her from a ‘watery grave.’ And so the adventure begins….

Recipient of the 1954 Caldecott Medal, with illustrations by the author.
 
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1957 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Oh my Lord we are going to Paris France, to get roses in our cheeks!’

The second book in the famous children's series with lovely illustrations by Hilary Knight. Starring the magnificently precocious Eloise, who can become dangerously influential to a daughter's life. A wonderful way of learning about Paris.

Pas de quoi d'accord and zut! 
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1955 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

‘I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel.’

With those immortal words, we are introduced to the irreverent and hilarious young occupant of the Plaza, the quirky and ever-lovable Eloise, (rumoured to have been modeled on Kay Thompson’s young goddaughter, Liza Minnelli)...

Accompanied by her English Nanny, loyal pug, and pet turtle, Eloise enjoys spending her days riding the elevator, adding her crayon art to the walls, and avoiding homework at all costs. Selling over 150’000 copies within the first two years of its publication, Knight’s protagonist went on to become one of the most influential and iconic characters of children’s literature, brought to life by Hilary Knight’s brilliant illustrations, combining child-like wonder with warmth and comedy.
 
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1959 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

Despite Nanny’s pleading, nothing can deter Eloise from her trip to Moscow! Armed with her natural charm and somewhat questionable diplomacy skills, she’s determined to put on her Ushanka, pack up her sled, and get to the Aragvi in time for tea.

An interesting glimpse into a Cold War 1959 view of Soviet Russia, with Hilary Knights illustrations, including stunning fold-out panorama of ‘Ancient Kremlin Citadel’, adding colour and humour, albeit with slightly less pink than Eloise would have wished for...
 
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